Raven and I have been flapping around on a bunch of sites today to see how folks are responding to the election of Obama in Gringolandia.
Rave is now eating the last of the dill biscuits we made to eat with Texas-style chili.
"I can't believe your species. The gringos chose the lesser of the apparent evils--a man black like I am, instead of a professional geezer whose claim to fame was being an uncredited extra in the 70s film, The Deer Hunter. Big deal. To read their comments, they brought down the Berlin Wall again, singlehandedly. It's crap!"
You betcha it's crap. Especially since they are still building the Mexican Wall.
"Well, at least that's providing work for undocumented immigrants."
True, Rave. Folks are being paid 10 to 15 bucks an hour, maybe, to build a wall to keep them out.
"I felt compelled to post a cry for a little reserve and common sense. Want to hear it?"
Sure, fire away.
Raven pings the remaining biscuit crumbs off his print out:
"Wow: Could you possibly be a little more self-righteous?
Just because you gave a few bucks to somebody who promised change? What did you actually DO to make that change possible?
Eight years ago here in Mexico, the same kind of foolish born-again euphoria percolated after the July election of the PAN president, Vicente Fox. The PRI had been in power for 71 years and people were tired of the same old perfect dictatorship, so they created the concept of the USEFUL vote--voting against the PRI.
Folks asked me, the day after the election, what I thought Fox's presidency would be like. My answer was, "He will be the worst president in the history of Mexico".
Months after the election the father of one of my bright students told me that Mexico was a new country since July 2nd. I told him that new countries were not born because folks voted in a different party, and I asked him what HE was doing to make it new. He had no answer.
Time has passed since July 2, 2000. Last year Fox was voted the Worst President in the History of Mexico by the majority of the folks in a national newspaper poll. Take it from me, he had some stiff competition--for example, Santa Ana, who gave away more than half of Mexico's territory to the gringos for a plate of lentils. But Fox did it--left the country in ruins, where the monument to his presidency is a huge white elephant library that cost about 4 billion dollars, is unusable because of water entering from all sides and destroying the few books purchased for it. It can't be entered as it is falling down--but all of Fox's cronies and family members who looted the country were paid handsomely.
I suggest that you gringos be a little more cautious before shouting from the rooftops that Gringolandia is great again--simply because you had to choose between the fear of being homeless and clinging to the racism upon which the country was founded.
There is a lesson for all of you in the Fox presidency."I hope they get it, Rave, but I am not betting any of my devalued pesos on it.